RI Car Dealerships Help Drivers Brace for Blizzard

January 22nd, 2016 by

Photo Credit: Catherine Welch, RIPR

Photo Credit: Catherine Welch, RIPR


Providence, Rhode Island– With a blizzard watch in full effect, Shannon Motors, RI’s leading pre-owned car dealerships, offers tips to ensure your car is prepared for the snow.


Winterizing Ahead

Winterizing your car is essential to ensure that you can make it through any storm. Stay safe during low visibility and on icy roads by getting your car fully serviced. Additionally, keep an emergency kit in your trunk in case you have to pull over or get stuck in the snow. Rhode Island Emergency Management Agency provides a great check list for emergency kits.


Prepare for Each Storm

While many of us question whether or not a storm will be as big as everyone says, it is always better to be safe than sorry. Make sure you keep at least half a tank of gas in your car. If you don’t have enough fuel, car lines can freeze and your vehicle may not start.


If You Get Stuck…

Don’t constantly run your gas to stay warm, instead run it for 10 minutes every hour. Also, do not eat snow for hydration; it will lower your body temperature and use energy your body needs. Instead, if you run out of water put snow in a cup and hold it until it has melted. Additionally, keep a shovel in your trunk in case you have to shovel your car out.

Lastly, Always Remember Your Exhaust Pipe

While Shannon Motors encourages drivers to stay off the roads during the storm, if you do get stuck make sure to keep your exhaust pipe clear. This is also vital after the storm when shoveling out or warming up the car. If your exhaust pipe gets blocked by snow, it will push gas emissions into the car which can lead to carbon monoxide poisoning and death.


Still Worried?

If you are worried about your car making it through this vicious storm, it might be time to upgrade your vehicle. Get yourself into a safer car by filling out our secure 30 second credit application! With a huge selection of cars, trucks, SUVs and minivans, financing is easy with Shannon Motors because we own the finance company!

Shannon Motors wishes everyone a safe and warm weekend during Winter Storm Jonas!